HARRY SHEARER: Before we get into the details of the pretrial proceedings, one more question about that. As you sit there day after day working your way through these proceedings and creating these transcripts, what’s your best guess as to why the rest of the press isn’t covering this?
—Harry Shearer interviews Alexa O’Brien.
ALEXA O’BRIEN: I think this has multiple layers to it. I think on one sense, if we look at it purely from the bottom-line perspective, is that WikiLeaks represents a challenge to the market power that the mainstream media organizations have over audiences. And of course you know it costs a lot of money up-front to produce news and especially investigative journalism and entertainment. It costs relatively little in the digital age to distribute it. And so therefore control of audiences is very, very important as these media organizations enter this new era. So I think that they’ve taken a defensive posture towards WikiLeaks because of that fundamentally, and I think also it’s a question of access to information. I mean, WikiLeaks, the reason why it’s so revolutionary is that it allows the janitor to leak and not simply the high-level Obama administration authorized leak to, you know, Bob Woodward, so to speak, to sell war or a particular political agenda of the elites. So there’s a lot going on here that is reason for them not to cover it.
THE CORPSE OF OUR SEPARATE YOUTHS
What do you call a jar of salsa with a thumb in it?
You can call it whatever you want but to me it
only means my wedding night. I wore a dress
made of reeds. We canoed down the burning Susquehanna.
We paddled the corpse of our separate youths into a new life
together. You never mentioned that you were the pigeon man.
Oh my god, look at the air. There isn’t much time
put the reactor core under your shirt. We’ve only got